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Protesters March After College Student Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Cop in Talladega, Ala.

More than 24 hours after a shooting in Talladega left a college student dead, a group of protesters marched on city hall.

They want an end to police shootings of young black men across the country, starting in their hometown.

It was an off-duty Lincoln, Alabama officer who fatally shot Javaon Ousley Tuesday around 2 p.m.

Lincoln Police issued a statement saying it apparently happened over an exchange from Facebook Marketplace that went wrong. They say the officer wasn’t female or undercover, and that no female informant was involved, contrary to rumors which floated on social media.

Wednesday, dozens of people gathered on the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly on Battle Street, then marched – first around the block where Talladega City Hall is located, then a second march to the sidewalk in front of city hall.

Several Talladega officers came out to hear what the protesters had to say, even though the city’s police have nothing to do with this case.

Many of the women who spoke to us told us the same thing: they had sons, in many cases similar in age to Javaon Ousley, and wanted other parents to remember it could happen to their sons.

“I think my city should’ve came out and really support this protest today, because at the end of the day, it could’ve been any one of our sons that happened to, not just the Ousleys’ son, it could’ve been any son in the city of Talladega, because this was the city it happened in,” Tamika Chapman said.

“I’m praying a lot of this will stop, if we all get together and come together and get it done, I think all this will cease. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in the future, I feel like our boys will have a better chance of living,” Ashley Curry said.

The investigation into the case by the Talladega County District Attorney’s office continues.

The District Attorney Steven Giddens said Wednesday he has no further comment as he investigates the case.

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Kimberly Hutchins August 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

Every child of ours that they shoot is going to come back on them 10 fold! They are too dumb to realize that everything that they are doing and have done to us is coming back upon them immeasurably. When will they connect the two>Kim

Bill August 16, 2019 at 11:54 am

Although a few cops have the I’m a cop mentality on and off duty, most don’t want anything to do with it while off duty, just to relax and decompress. Mostly because they are at a higher stress level for not being able to react to a dangerous situation because of the trigger happy bad cops. She was off duty, so in that I’d like to say let’s not call it a cop shooting but hold her to the full extent of the law and make an example of her if she’s in the wrong. There are tapes I’m sure, from cameras on the store. These police chiefs need to lock down on the few cops they consider to be an issue. There is a fix, we need to find it. Like mandatory psych evals in the academy that’s covered in cost of the academy. You pay to show you are same enough to do this job and mandatory yearly psych evals after that.

Hiram August 18, 2019 at 9:19 am

The student was trying to rob two ladies in the most dangerous part of town. The off duty cop was in the car of the ladies. Shots were exchanged. The cop is in the hospital and the student didn’t make it.


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